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14.02.2012

Updates on Dredging of Santos harbor

The port of Santos should receive within this week the 2 dredgers that will finalize the deepening works, to 15 meters, of the Santos harbor's access canal. The only section which still pending to be concluded is nº 4 which comprises Paquetá and Alemoa terminal. On such area, it will be employed the dredger XIN HAI FENG which has capacity to transport 18.000 m3 of sediments and the HANG JUNG 5001, able to carry 5.000 m3.

The dredger XIN HAI FENG was initially expected by DOCK CO. here in Santos on January. However, the schedule was delayed due to the fact that she was obliged to go through "drydock" before.

Under these circumstances i.e. with the arrival of both dredgers, the expectation of DOCK CO. is that the full scope of the job be finalized "within four months". The section nº 4 is the only pending one as it was depending on an authorization from "IBAMA (Brazilian Environmental Agency)" in order to be deepened. The works on the other 3 sections, covering the area from the anchorage (entrance of the access canal) till about shed n. 6., had already been finalized from before.

The project foresees not only the deepening of the canal of the port to 15 meters but also to widen it to 220 meters.

- LEGAL RATIFICATION:

After conclusion of the dredging, the next step will be the "legal ratification" of the new depth/draft throughout the canal by the local Port Captaincy (Harbor Master).

The dredgers that will perform the deepening of the canal will also be responsible for the maintenance of the sections nº 2 and nº 3 (comprising shed nº 39 and about shed nº 6). Both works will happen simultaneously.

- PIERS and EVOLUTION BASINS:

Besides the deepening works on the access canal, there will be two other projects being the dredging and maintenance of the "evolution basins (the areas located between the keel of the access canal and the approaches to the piers) as well as of the own "piers/berths". Both services shall have to be executed within a time range of 12 months.

The contracts for the execution of the aforementioned two projects shall be signed within the next couple of days.

Williams (Serviços Marítimos)